Adding the sophomore safety/wide receiver turned out to be a bigger deal for Cross Creek than anyone could have imagined.
Brown intercepted four passes and scored twice Friday night as the Razorbacks rolled to a 32-13 win over Hephzibah.
Brown said he’s never had a night like the one he had against the Rebels. He intercepted a pass in each quarter, capping his evening with a 70-yard interception return.
“Being in the middle of the field and being able to see everything from this receiver to that receiver, you know when they’re going to cut and when they’re going to go straight,” Brown said. “And the quarterback didn’t do a good job of faking and going the other way. He just watched the receiver the whole way and gave me the edge of getting to the ball.”
While the Cross Creek offense chewed up 313 yards on 60 rushes, the Razorbacks bottled up the Rebels. Hephzibah had difficulty running up the middle and scratched out just 86 yards on the ground.
“These guys do a great job in film session going over the game and paying attention,” Cross Creek coach Robert McCarty said about his defense. “They do what we tell them. They just buy into the system.”
Cross Creek began the game with a successful onside kick. Four plays later, Keshawn Dyson rushed around the right side for a 15-yard touchdown. The Razorbacks led 6-0.
Hephzibah’s Darryl Hammond tossed three interceptions and lost a fumble. The Rebels lost four of their seven turnovers in the first half, but their defense held Cross Creek three times in the red zone to keep the Rebels within six.
“We were so awful on offense, it kept our defense on the field so long,” Hephzibah coach John Bowen said. “Eventually, they broke down.”
Cross Creek led by just six late in the third quarter when Christian Blount delivered a 42-yard touchdown pass to Brown on third down. On the Rebels’ next possession, Hammond lost a fumble that Colby Taylor returned 39 yards to the 1 and Darius Ford punched it in. Cross Creek led 19-0 and never looked back.